ACRL presents 2006 WSS Significant Achievement Awards

Contact: Megan Bielefeld

ACRL Program Coordinator

February 22, 2006

ACRL presents 2006 WSS Significant Achievement Awards

CHICAGO – Katherine Kraft, archivist at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University, and the team of Carrie Kruse, director of the College Library at the University of Wisconsin and Cynthia Johnson, director of Reader Services at the Pratt Institute Libraries, are the winners of the 2006 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Women's Studies Section (WSS) Award for Significant Achievement in Woman's Studies Librarianship. The award, sponsored by Routledge, honors a significant or one-time contribution to women's studies librarianship.

“Katherine Kraft has been instrumental in preserving the records of American women,” said award committee chair Ruth Dickstein. “Her influence has been crucial in the creation of a premier and model research library in women's history. As project director for “The Second Wave, Documenting the post-WWII Women's Movement,” she trained staff and contributed to creating a series of detailed finding aids which are publicly accessible through Harvard's OASIS system,”

Kraft was the lead archivist of an NEH grant to process over 800 linear feet of documents that included the records of National Organization for Women (NOW), Women's Equity Action League (WEAL), the Boston Women's Health Book Collective and other feminist activists.

“Carrie Kruse and Cynthia Johnson took on the Women's Studies Core Book Lists project, a long-standing initiative of the ACRL Women's Studies Section, and transformed it for the 21st century,” said Dickstein. “The significance of Carrie's and Cynthia's vision, hard work, and collaborative leadership is evident in the sharp increase in usage statistics in 2005 and in the effusive praise given to the database by their peers.”

The Women's Studies Core Books Database contains recommended in-print titles on a myriad of subjects within Women's Studies, selected by a volunteer network of more than forty librarians. The database assists librarians in building Women's Studies collections and also serves as a guide for instructors and students.

A $500 award and a plaque will be presented to Kraft and to the team of Kruse and Johnson during the 2006 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans at the WSS Program on Monday, June 26, at 8 a.m.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.